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About Melanie M. Reid

Melanie Reid is the Associate Dean of Faculty and a Professor of Law. Prior to joining LMU Law, Professor Reid was a trial attorney in the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section at the U.S. Department of Justice as well as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida. She is a former law clerk for Judge Charles Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and a member of the Florida bar.

Reid has lectured on various topics, including prosecuting international narcotics trafficking cases, proactive investigations, asset forfeiture, federal wiretap and conspiracy laws, discovery obligations and prudential searches, advanced trial advocacy and evidentiary foundations, and evidentiary issues in international criminal cases. These lectures were sponsored by various agencies, including the DEA Office of International Training in Quantico, Virginia and in South America, the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina, the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary, the Department of Justice in the District of Columbia, and the Regional Counterintelligence Working Group in the FBI Tampa Field Office. Reid has also lectured at the National Forensic Academy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

In 2016, Reid was a guest lecturer at Liaocheng University, Shandong Province in China and discussed select topics on constitutional law, comparative law, and criminal procedure and evidence. Reid received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to teach U.S. criminal law and procedure at the University of Latvia Faculty of Law in Riga, Latvia in 2018. In 2022, Reid taught criminal law and procedure courses at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland and a comparative police practices course at the University of Lisbon Law Faculty in Portugal.

Reid has also presented and written articles on the criminal law implications of autonomous vehicles and road surveillance, the role of prosecutors and the importance of empathy, robo-cops, economic espionage, drones, marijuana, narcotics trafficking in West Africa and Mexico, the culture of mass incarceration, the impact of restitution on child pornography possession cases, the role of intelligence and the use of intelligence-derived information in criminal prosecutions, the national security impact of the Snowden disclosures, irregular rendition, and the global perspective on crime and punishment.

Reid has served as the Tennessee Bar Association's (TBA) Chair of the Criminal Justice Section, Chair of the TBA's Federal Practice Section, and Chair of the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI) Council.


Present Professor of Law, Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Practice
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Torts
  • Torts
  • National Security
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Admission Through Performance
  • Academic Success I
  • Comparative Law


April 1998 - May 2001 J.D., University of Notre Dame ‐ Law School
August 1996 - May 1998 M.A., Middlebury College
August 1992 - May 1996 B.A., University of Notre Dame

Contact Information

Professor Melanie Reid
Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law
601 W. Summit Hill Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 545-5314


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